Learn Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review @Hardin Library

This class will provide a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, with a focus on health sciences.

Topics will include the following:

  • standards and criteria to consider
  • establishing a plan
  • registering a protocol
  • developing a research question
  • determining where to search
  • identifying search terms
  • reporting search strategies
  • managing references

Our sessions this Fall:

Thursday, October 9, 12:00-1pm
Thursday, November 5, 10-11am

Register online:  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/workshop/  or by calling 319-335-9151.

We are also offering sessions on searching for systematic reviews this fall.  See our entire class list.

Database of the Week: BizMiner

Each week we will highlight one of the many databases we have here at the Pomerantz Business Library.

The database: BizMiner BizMiner

Where to find it: You can find it here, and under A in the databases A-Z list.

Use it to find:

  • US Industry Financial Reports
  • Local Industry Financial Reports
  • Micro Firm Profit-Loss Reports
  • Industry Market Reports
  • Also includes Competitive Market Analyzer

salesTips for searching:

  • Start with a keyword or NAICS search in the search bar
  • Click on “Industry” and browse by NAICS sectors
  • Once you have found your relevant industry, click into it, then choose an Industry Financial Profile for a specific region and sales class, or a Micro Firm Profit-Loss Report, Industry Market Report, or use the Competitive market Analyzer
  • Open your report as a PDF or HTML

Income_expenseWant help using BizMiner? Contact Willow or Kim and set up an appointment.

EndNote Workshop

Are you starting a new research paper or project and looking for a way to manage your references? Then join us for this useful and informative workshop about EndNote! EndNote is a citation management program supported by the UI Libraries. The web version is available for free to the entire UI community and the desktop client is available for free to UI faculty, staff, graduate and professional students.

EndNote Workshop
12:30-1:30pm, Wednesday, October 8
3rd Floor Computer Room, Sciences Library

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sign up for (or download) EndNote for free!
  • Transfer existing references from other services to EndNote;
  • Export references from popular databases for importing into EndNote;
  • Use EndNote to organize and share references;
  • Use EndNote to format a bibliography in one of thousands of different styles;
  • Use the Cite While You Write plugin for Microsoft Word;
  • Get help when you need it!

This workshop is free and open to all UI students, faculty and staff. There is no need to register. You may bring your lunch if desired. Free coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Scheib at sara-scheib@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-3024.

Open Access Becomes California Law

On September 29th, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law mandates that the public be given free access to the results of research conducted with funds provided by the California Department of Public Health. Inspiring news, and timely — the University of Iowa Libraries’ “Open Access and the Public Good” panel discussion last week largely focused on the question of who should be the beneficiaries of research conducted with taxpayer dollars.

The office of Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) issued a press release announcing the signing of the act into law. Also, have a look at the SPARC blog post about this, which does a good job of emphasizing the importance of this progress while noting that the law is “narrow in the scope of content it covers”: much work remains to be done but the framework for doing it is growing stronger.

Footprints of Our International Students: Why Should We Care?

University Libraries welcomes Dr. Camile Alire, past president of America Library Association for Ada Stoflet lecture

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., Old Capitol Senate Chamber

Alire_300pxWho are our international students? What are some of the challenges they face studying in the U.S.?  How can we best serve them?  Dr. Camila Alire responds to these questions; shares other thoughts about/experiences with international students; the footprints they leave; and why we should care.

The University of Iowa Libraries has invited Dr. Camila Alire to give the Ada Stoflet lecture on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. A reception in the rotunda immediately follows the presentation.

Dr. Camila Alire is the past-president of the American Library Association and Dean Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. Camila received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and an MLS from the University of Denver.

The Ada M. Stoflet Lectureship is established in memory of Ada M. Stoflet, an exceptionally skilled and dedicated member of the University of Iowa Libraries staff for three decades. The lecture is presented on a topic of interest in the field of librarianship.

Dr. Alire maintains an outstanding record of professional service. She is also past-president the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL 2006), and as REFORMA past-president (1994).  Alire served on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) board and chaired several committees. She speaks and consults internationally on leadership development, academic library trends, strategic planning as well as on the other topics.

Dr. Alire was honored with the following recognitions: the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award.  She was awarded the first ALA Elizabeth Futas’ Catalyst for Change award and National REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year award.  One year, she was named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the country.  Alire was recently appointed by U.S. President Barrack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.

Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room, October 2014 – Crooke’s Description of the Body of Man, 1615

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HELKIAH CROOKE (1576-1635). Mikrokosmographia [Greek title transliterated]: A description of the body of man. London: Printed by William Jaggard, 1615.

Crooke received his medical degree from Cambridge and was prone to be a quarrelsome individual of sometimes dubious character, especially when financial matters were involved. He had several clashes with London’s College of Physicians over questions of ethical conduct.

The thirteen books of descriptive text were taken almost entirely from Bauhin’s Theatrum anatomicum.  Crooke made no secret of the fact that he took his text and illustrations from Bauhin and other material from Du Laurens. In his opening “Preface to the Chyrurgeons” he states: “My present worke is for the most part out of Bauhine for the History, Figures, and the seuerall Authors quoted in his Margents. The Controuersies are most what out of Laurentius. . . .”

The College of Physicians were disturbed because the book was to be in English and they felt the illustrations dealing with generation, conception, and reproduction were indecent, though many were taken from Vesalius. The College was unsuccessful in its attempts to have the book suppressed or altered before publication. The male and pregnant female on the title page may be an expression of Crooke’s defiance of their actions.

The book was the largest and most comprehensive English anatomy of its day, and was one of  the last English anatomies based on continental sources before the emergence of a truly English anatomical school.